On July 21  the Russia's national team and Washington's forward Alexander Ovechkin, who recently became an advisor to the President of unified Dynamo team, arrived to Novogorsk to take part in the evening friendly training game between the club members and the veterans of the MVD. Before the training started Alexander talked to the press service of the club.
Alexander, when you visit Dynamo training facilty, do you have nostalgic feelings?Source: www.dynamo.ru/newsclub.php?full=13678
Of course. It's my alumni, my native walls. So it's always nice to come back.
Do you know all of the employees here?
Of course. However some people have retired now. I'm talking about the grandma's and grandpa's who rooted for us and did everything possible so that players would feel comfortable.
Are you going to prepare for the season in Novogorsk?
Yes, I am. I think I'll start practicing in Novogorsk sometime on August 15th. In the meantime I will prepare individually with Kovalchuk and his personal fitness coach.
Do you plan to skate today?
Yes, I do. I need to "shake my fat" a bit. Get out on the ice and play for a half hour.
Everybody now knows that you have become an advisor to President of Dynamo club. How do you feel yourself in this position and what you think what is most important in the new job?
I think it's a positive thing for me and for the club. I will be asked about the NHL. I will be asked about the players, I think, too. I am all for it, always ready for the dialogue. If anything, they know my phone number.
Was it easy for you to agree to this offer?
Of course. You can't refuse such proposals.
Some of the fans are rather skeptical about the changes that have occurred with the Dynamo. Can you say something encouraging to them?
At first I was also upset because of the merge with HC MVD. But now I see that these people came to the club to make it better. Perhaps even better than now. So I look at this situation with the optimism.
So who is the president of Dynamo United Mikhail Tyurkin who hired Ovechkin?
I had no idea, but I googled it, and the guy has an impressive resume. He guided HC MVD club to the Gagarin's Cup finals last season, a Russian equivalent of Stanley Cup finals. The HC MVD has one of the lowest team's payrolls in KHL, not even close to such a billionaire owned teams like Ak Bars with Jaromir Jarg and others.
The head of Russian INS, president of Moscow Dynamo United hockey club Mikhail Tyurkin. July 21, 2010.
He was born on September 30, 1967 in Siberian city of Irkutsk. He is a Doctor of Laws (PhD) and also has a military rank of Major-General. But what is impressive, he participated in the clean-up operation on the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident. Not too many Russians who were there are alive today.
Nowadays he heads the Russian INS, for God's sake... :-)
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